Meet the team

Meet some of our managers and team leaders who manage our services on a daily basis

Our managers are supported by the head office team.

Meet the head office team

Natalya Jackson Group Chief Executive

Natalya Jackson

Group Chief Executive

Natalya was appointed as the Group Chief Executive of the Orchard Care Group in December 2022.

Natalya has extensive experience in the health and social care sector with over 18 years in Avista, one of the largest voluntary disability providers, where she held a number of senior roles including Director of Human Resources, and more recently Chief Executive Officer.

Natalya has a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Trinity College Dublin and an MBS from the Smurfit Business School.

Nicola Rooney

Director of Operations

Nicola has 16 years of experience of working in various areas of social care including youth and community and the disability sectors. Nicola joined Orchard Residential Care in 2009 as a care worker and has assumed leadership and management roles in Orchard Organisation since 2013. Nicola holds a BA (Hons) in Social Care Studies from Sligo Institute of Technology.

Roisin Kirwan

Regional Director of Operations- Orchard Residential Care

Róisín has worked in social care for the last 16.5 years. Róisín has experience in many arenas in social care including direct work with young people with very challenging and complex behaviours, Quality Assurance and Senior Management. Róisín commenced employment with Orchard Residential Services in 2022 and holds a Masters in Heath Psychology from NUI Galway.

Brendan McCawley

Senior Manager

Brendan has worked in residential care for close to 20 years and joined Orchard Residential Care in 2013 as a care worker and became a house manager in 2014. Brendan holds a BA in Leisure and Recreation from Glasgow University. Brendan leads initiatives related to staff recruitment and retention and also coordinates recreational activities and community integration for young people in the care of Orchard Residential.

Rachel Hegarty

Quality Coordinator

Rachel joined Orchard Residential Care in 2013 as a care worker and was promoted to the role of deputy manager in 2018. She was appointed as Quality Coordinator in 2020 and is responsible for overseeing compliance with regulation and residential care standards. Rachel graduated from Sligo Institute of Technology with a BA (Hons) in Social Studies.

Francis Mahon

Training Manager

Francis joined Orchard Residential Care in 2008 as a care worker and was appointed as training manager in 2017. Francis holds a BA (Hons) in Social Studies from Sligo Institute of Technology. Francis is also a certified trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, the Three Pillars Model of Care and Manual Handling.

Máire Armstrong

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Máire worked in the HSE for over 30 years, in a variety of clinical, managerial and strategic development roles. Her initial focus was on providing, developing, and managing the clinical psychology services in Sligo, Leitrim & West Cavan for children, adolescents, and adults, including in Disability and Child Protection. As Principal Psychologist, she later set up and led an Organisational Psychology Unit within the HSE.  Máire has a BA (Hons) in Psychology (Galway), MPhil in Clinical Psychology (Edinburgh), and MSc in Health Service Management (Trinity). Since 2016, Máire has provided a consultancy service to Orchard, and in May 2022, she joined its therapeutic team.  Máire is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Join our team

Our team members are recruited, trained and supported to build positive relationships with children in a safe and secure environment. Our staff are fully trained to support young people in achieving their potential, and to overcome trauma, neglect, and abuse. Working together, we help the young people in our care learn to live fulfilled lives – both during and after their time with us. If you want to be a part of our team, click the button below.

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